in lthe world does Jameson Irish Whiskey
and mustaches have in common? Don't freak out; they
don't distill mustaches and turn them into whiskey. Neither
does Jameson require every one of their male and female employees
to grow mustaches. Actually, it's a pretty straightforward
and note worthy association. Jameson has partnered with Movember.
Okay, now I'll bet you have a burning question on the tip
of your tongue: what in the hell is Movember?
origin story is a "hairy tale." Back in 2003, two
guys in Melbourne, Australia got the idea to promote men's
health by growing mustaches, and through charitable events
worldwide, raise awareness of men's health issues, along with
money to combat those issues such as prostate cancer, testicular
cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. That
hairy idea eventually sprouted, took root and grew, and by
2014, the organization had grown to encompass dozens of countries,
5 million members, raised $649 million dollars and funded
832 men's health projects.
got involved with Movember as an official Movember partner
and in 2014 the Jameson Black Barrel network raised over $350,000
to help change the face of men's health. And if that's not
enough incentive to go out and try a bottle of Jameson
Black Barrel Whiskey, there's always that taste thing.
Irish Whiskey in general is pretty darn tasty, so let's see
if this Jameson Black Barrel makes us happy!
Photo: Eoin Holland
Select Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of rich pot
still and grain whiskey that is matured in a mixture of sherry
casks and bourbon barrels. However, unlike the rest of their
range, the bourbon barrels undergo an additional charring.
The bottle is a green color with a black label and looks rich
and understated. The nose is fairly understated with subtle
aromas of oak, smoke, apricot and guava and almost no alcohol
vapors to get in the way. The palate responds in kind with
an oaky, smoky top layer followed by laid back sweetness reminiscent
of sweet figs and vanilla and crème brulee. All of
those flavor profiles are accented by a spicy whiskey taste
that brings up the rear. The finish is also oaky and smoky
and a bit spicy and a tad sweet and lasts a fairly long time.
is a deliciously sweet and smoky treat that brings a lot of
flavor to the party. I particularly like the way the sweet
spiciness lingers in the finish in the back of the throat.
It has the kind of flavor that makes you sit up and notice
that there is good deal going on here, but it isn't going
to lead you astray. That black barrel finish accents the oakiness
and smoke without covering up any of the other flavors. This
whiskey is very well balanced and really opens up over some
ice. I would recommend this Select Reserve be consumed straight
up or over ice because mixing it up with other ingredients
is going to be a distraction that is totally unnecessary.
Reserve Black Barrel Whiskey can be found for a reasonable
$34.99 per 750ML bottle that is 40% ABV.
By George Brozowski
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